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ATTITUDE
Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018
TPAC'S POLK THEATER

Age Recommendation: Middle school and up; families bringing children are encouraged to have conversations about the Holocaust in preparation for the performance.
Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Choreography by Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills
Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass

Pushing the boundaries of Nashville Ballet’s acclaimed Attitude series, Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project offers a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Following Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren's story as told through music and dance, Light offers a unique opportunity that only art can—to feel, better understand and reflect upon a piece of history that defies comprehension. The ballet illuminates the past to promote compassion, understanding and hope to issues relevant in today's society.

Additional community programming will accompany this Nashville Ballet premiere. Please see the Calendar of Community Events below for ways to participate.

Attitude: Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project will be at TPAC's Polk Theater for three (3) performances:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Calendar of Community Events

Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project is a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership from Ballet Austin that promotes tolerance and the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through art, education and public dialogue. Performances will be accompanied by additional programming that provides opportunities for the community to participate in a variety of ways, but always asking:

  • How are the issues of the Holocaust relevant in our community today?
  • What is our responsibility when confronted with acts of bigotry and hate?
  • What actions will we take to promote understanding in our community?

We hope you will join us in a public dialogue as we reflect on the Holocaust and consider our personal responsibility to injustice in the world today.

JANUARY
18 Open Rehearsal Viewing (FREE)
Look in on rehearsal for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project
and participate in a post rehearsal panel discussion on the ballet,
the Holocaust and human rights issues in our community.
5-7 p.m. Nashville Ballet Studio A (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville 37209)
23 Inside the Ballet Lecture Series begins
This 2-week course gives participants an intimate look inside the ballet.
Click here to register.

2-3 p.m. Nashville Ballet Studio A (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville 37209)
24 Lunch and Learn: Screening of "Producing Light" (FREE)
View Ballet Austin's "Producing Light" documentary and participate
in a post screening discussion.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212)
27 Performance of Frank
In this new ballet, a disfigured boy named Frank N. Stein goes to
a new school and realizes that he looks different from the other kids.
The ballet and post performance discussion are designed to evoke
dialogue to address social and emotional challenges that teens
experience daily. Ticket information coming soon.
6 p.m. Performing Arts Center at Academy Park (120 Everbright Ave, Franklin, TN 37064)
FEBRUARY
9 Performance of Attitude – Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Stay after the performance for a talkback discussion.
7:30 p.m. TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219)
10 Performance of Attitude – Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Stay after the performance for a talkback discussion.
7:30 p.m. TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219)
11 Performance of Attitude – Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Stay after the performance for a talkback discussion.
2 p.m. TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219)

Naomi Warren

Naomi Warren

Resources

Ballet Austin's Education Guide
Read Ballet Austin's Footnotes for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Created for the ballet's 2005 premiere, this comprehensive guide provides a brief history of the Holocaust, an overview of the creation of Light and suggestions for talking about these issues with children.

Naomi Warren's Testimony
Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren (1920-2016) served as the inspiration behind the story of survival and triumph of the human spirit in Ballet Austin's Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Read her testimony, courtesy of the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Ballet Austin's Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Please visit Ballet Austin's website for more information on Light and its mission.


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